Stephen Rendell

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Stephen Rendell (May 24, 1819 – April 4, 1893) was an English-born merchant and politician in Newfoundland. He represented Trinity Bay in the Newfoundland House of Assembly from 1859 to 1873.

He was born in Coffinswell, Devon, the son of John Rendell. In 1834, he was apprenticed to the merchants Bulley, Job and Company operating in St. John's. In 1859, he became a partner. Rendell, a supporter of union with Canada, was named to the colony's Legislative Council in 1874. He served as a founding member and president of the St. John's Agricultural Society. As a hunter, Rendell helped implement the introduction of snowshoe hares, now an important small game animal and food source on the island,[1] from Nova Scotia. He resigned from business and returned to England in 1881 because of ill health due to asthma, later dying in Coffinswell at the age of 73.

Personal life[edit]

Rendell married Catharine Norris in 1852. He had at least three children, including sons R.G. Rendell, A.S. Rendell and Doctor Rendell.


  1. ^ "Snowshoe Hare". Hinterland Who's Who. Canadian Wildlife Service. Retrieved 2009-10-19.